– There’s something nearby that can help
A quick caveat: I know I’m lucky. I’m safe at home, don’t work on the front line, and my family is healthy. I’ve worked for myself since 2003 and can work from anywhere. I’m thankful for these things and for the selfless individuals who keep us safe.
But I admit five weeks (to date) of being in quarantine is stressful. We want to share the positive aspects. Talk about how we bonded with family, fine-tuned our homeschooling skills, were studious and cultured, learned French or how to play the ukulele, perfected sourdough starters – while growing our business.
But instead, it feels hard.
- There don’t seem to be enough hours in the day
- You live in a mishmash of family and work demands
- You feel like a (poorly-dressed) hamster in a never-ending wheel
- There’s a backdrop of uncertainty and endless heart-breaking news
- You need to bring money into your business, but can’t seem to think beyond your next Netflix episode/Amazon order
You don’t feel like you can, but you need to focus – it’s the one thing that can help you. Even just for 30 minutes a day.
You need to have conversations with prospects, explain the benefit of working with you, ask for a commitment, references, support, feedback on ideas. Or speak with ex-colleagues, fellow business owners, your community. In short, you need to talk with someone about your business – verbalize your thoughts, hopes, plans, or concerns.
The quickest way to do that is to pick up the phone. And the good news? It’s nearby, low cost, and a lifeline for your business.
So why don’t business owners and entrepreneurs pick up the phone? Because they don’t know what to say or how even to start a sales conversation. We know, because in hundreds of workshops, seminars, and trainings we hear the same excuses over and over again.
Additional to the reluctance to pick up the phone – ubiquitous before a global pandemic came along – there’s now the anxiety, confusion, lack of time, and demands that we are living with day-to-day.
Just 30 minutes a day can help you. To start changing your narrative, mind, and direction. You do this by talking to people. Too scared to approach customers or prospects? Talk with ex-colleagues, friends, business partners, that person you met at that conference a few years ago and instantly liked.
You may never learn that other language, perfect your sourdough bread, but give yourself breathing space by taking some action – and picking up your phone.
Feeling stuck? Sign up for a call with Hazel Butters to get clear on some steps you can take: